The Associate of Applied Science degree career program in Early Childhood and Primary Grades Education prepares individuals to work as lead teachers and directors of child care centers and preschools or to assist teachers in the instructional process in Pre-K through Grade 3 in public schools. While many of the Early Childhood courses transfer to four-year institutions, the primary purpose of the A.A.S. degree is to prepare students for immediate employment in a variety of child care settings. Students are required to submit a professional portfolio that meets the standards of the Education faculty prior to graduation.
Electives should be selected in consultation with an advisor to satisfy career goals or a transfer college curriculum. **EDU 269 - Internship I is strongly recommended for all qualified students. Some additional recommended courses are listed below: